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Man, I'm way behind on my TV watching. Dwight Yoakam Friday night, up at 6am Saturday to sit in a gym all day to see 3 wrestling matches(it takes awhile to scroll through 700 wrestlers 3 times). Then back Sunday to see my son get hurt. Sadness. I'm wore out. 

Now AAU Basketball season gearing up in 2 weeks. I'm thinking some of Muda's hard earned SS money is just what I need about now...........except I told my boss I was retiring and he gave me a raise and a bonus. Gonna be hard to give that up.

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6 hours ago, Impartial_Observer said:

Anyone catch the first episode of Dispatches from Elsewhere last night? I’m up in the air, this could be really good or really bad. Looking forward to episode 2 tonight.

Saw the commercial for it and was intrigued, but haven't seen any episodes yet.  Will likely try to check it out this weekend, but the week if full with kids' activities and a mid-term exam in one of my classes this week.

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Better Call Saul is really good, if you are a BB universe fan.

Began Hunters last night.  Enjoy the story so far, but I am not the biggest fan of Tarentino "esque" films/shows.

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Finished the 1st season of I Am Not Okay With This on Netflix.   A standard teen angst drama/comedy with a twist.   An easy watch, the 7 episodes are each only 20-30 minutes long.  

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The Plot Against America Is Not About Trump, Even If Comparisons Are Inevitable: https://reason.com/2020/03/13/the-plot-against-america-is-not-about-trump-even-if-comparisons-are-inevitable/

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In 2004, when Philip Roth published The Plot Against America, an alternative history in which Charles Lindbergh defeats Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election and steers America into fascism, the chattering-class critics were all agog about this chilling allegory about the George W. Bush presidency. (Like, Bush and Lindbergh were both pilots and everything.) Roth rather convincingly denied that Bush was the inspiration for his novel; Bush did not propose replacing "The Star-Spangled Banner" with "Tomorrow Belongs To Me," and the book returned to being a wintry what-if meditation on anti-Semitism.

Sixteen years later, David Simon has turned the novel into an HBO miniseries, and this time the arts intelligentsia has discovered that the real culprit is not Bush but Donald Trump. And I don't think Simon will be issuing any denials.

Consider the familiar ring of these words from a Jewish character who thinks the president is stirring up anti-Semitism: "These assholes, they've always been here. Now they have permission to crawl out from under their rocks." Or this line: "This is how it starts: everyone thinking they can work with the guy. Like Hitler: Everyone believes he doesn't mean what he says." Or the accusation that his critics are being bought off by a strong economy: "Not so long ago, you couldn't bear the man, either. But now what? Stock market is up, profits are up, business is moving … . What he stands for is forgotten. What else matters to you, a businessman, if the money is right?"

It's been a while since I read the novel, and it's possible that some of this dialogue is the work of Roth and not Simon. Either way, watching The Plot Against America often feels like being locked in a closet with a fanatical #NeverTrumper: It'll give you a headache even if you agree with him.

Simon and his writing partner Ed Burns have certainly woven political polemics into their work before, notably on the futility of the war on drugs in The Wire and the corruption engendered by attempts to outlaw the sex trade in The Deuce and done so intelligently and entertainingly. But even without the Trump Temptation, the novel The Plot Against America poses some special challenges.

Alternative history is, by definition, ahistorical. But generally it changes one key factual point, then lets the archival billiard balls bump each other around. Roth's novel is more like a complete rewrite of the record. Lindbergh's exploits as a pioneering aviator made him wildly famous in a way that's nearly impossible to understand in today's your-15-minutes-are-up world, but he never tried to make any political hay out of it; he showed no interest in the presidency. And if he had, there's not the faintest evidence he would have been successful—Roosevelt's popularity was so immense that he was able to toss out 150 years of no-third-term tradition with scarcely a peep of protest.

So, fine, there's your one historical anomaly to start the ball rolling. But the novel continues to edit history whenever it's convenient to the plot.  Lindbergh was, no doubt, anti-Semitic, but if he was a Nazi, he made Sergeant Schultz look downright competent. In the run-up to World War II, when the United States had no intelligence service, he used ceremonial visits to Germany to spy on the Luftwaffe and was the source for practically everything the United States knew about the Nazis' powerful new air force.

If Roth overhypes his villains, he whitewashes his heroes. The Jewish characters through whose eyes the story is told regard Roosevelt as the Moses of his day, a magnificent statesman and the sword and shield of American Jews. Actually, FDR spent a good bit of his spare time plotting schemes to keep Jews out of a post-war America. He stood by contentedly as his notoriously anti-Semitic State Department infamously turned away the German cruise ship St. Louis and its cargo of Jewish refugees in 1939, sending hundreds of them back to die at the hands of the Nazis. Likewise, Canada—treated as a cuddly asylum state for Lindbergh's Jewish victims in The Plot—actually spent most of the 1930s rejecting Jewish refugees, as many as 800,000 of them.

Roth's fantasies about who was doing what to whom during the prelude to the war are mostly transferred intact to Martin's series, undermining both its dramatic and political credibility to the extent that it probably ought to be retitled The Way We Weren't. But if you ignore the show's macropolitical level and focus instead on its characters and their little chunk of the world, the superlative story-telling skills of Simon and Burns assert themselves.

Like the novel, their tale is told through a fictionalized version of Roth's own family. Dad Herman (Morgan Spector, Homeland) is an up-and-coming insurance salesman and the kind of guy who bellows as he listens to Walter Winchell's nightly radio newscast. Mom Elizabeth (Zoe Kaza, The Deuce) is quieter, but as a childhood refugee from Russia, has more close-up experience with anti-Semitism than her husband does. Teenage artist Sandy (newcomer Caleb Malis), is fascinated by Lindbergh's heroic dimensions, much to his father's disgust. And young Philip's (Azhy Robertson, The Americans) scant political comprehension only exacerbates his growing terror of a world seemingly spinning off its axis.

The two most engaging characters of all come from outside the nuclear family: Bully-boy gangbanger Alvin (Anthony Boyle, Ordeal By Innocence), Herman's orphaned nephew, whose innate rage at the world causes him to join the Canadian army to shoot Nazis, only to discover that they shoot back, and Elizabeth's apolitical and old-maidish sister Evelyn (Winona Ryder), whose pursuit of a husband leads her into a liaison with a collaborationist Southern rabbi. Boyle and Rider's desperation at coping with a world from which they seem permanently locked out is so real it stings. More than the others, they ponder what it means to be Jewish. Is their New Jersey home really located in a Jewish neighborhood? Or is it—and Alvin and some of his young friends suspect—a ghetto?

And then there's Alvin's conversation with a flirty young British woman who's never met a Jew before and isn't sure what the big deal is.

"You don't seem so different," she says. "You believe in more or less the same stuff as anybody else, God and all that."

"I don't believe in God," he corrects her.

"Then why are you Jewish?" she asks in surprise.

His reply is The Plot Against America's bottom line, which despite all the show's political missteps, sounds what it must really have felt like to be Jewish in the 1940s: "I'm a Jew because I was born a Jew, and this whole fuckin world wishes I wasn't."

I'll still give this show a try, even though I haven't read the book.

And season three of Westworld starts Sunday night!

 

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Finished the 3 season of The Last Kingdom on Netflix.  I hear they are making a season 4.  Very much enjoyed the series.  Again, this takes place in England before England was united as one country with the kingdoms such as Wessex, Merica, Northrumbia, etc and fighting for land by Britons, Saxons, and Danes.  (Vikings)

Started Knightfall and about 3 episodes in....I'm liking it!  (also Netflix)  Finshing up Hunters with my wife on Amazon Prime.

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Does anyone know if Peaky Blinders "picks up" the pace?

My wife and I began the series last night, for the 2nd time, and it seemed as slow now as it was the 1st time.

Both times I began the show, it was so slow in episode 1, that I did not want to continue.

Should I have patience or is it just this slow moving of a show?

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19 hours ago, TrojanDad said:

Finished the 3 season of The Last Kingdom on Netflix.  I hear they are making a season 4.  Very much enjoyed the series.  Again, this takes place in England before England was united as one country with the kingdoms such as Wessex, Merica, Northrumbia, etc and fighting for land by Britons, Saxons, and Danes.  (Vikings)

Started Knightfall and about 3 episodes in....I'm liking it!  (also Netflix)  Finshing up Hunters with my wife on Amazon Prime.

Interesting ending on Hunters....guess will see if they run a 2nd season

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Just finished the first episode of Season Two of Altered Carbon.  Looks like it will not disappoint.  Definitely glad to see Chris Conner revised in his role as Poe which it appears he will play a bit looser, but still with the same exquisite personality as Season One.

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Also watched Moby Dick today ... the 1956 version with Gregory Peck.  Certainly well worth the time.

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Porky’s premiered in theaters 38 years ago yesterday.

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Umbrella Academy on Netflix has a super-hero flair, some cool science, and decent action, with just a hint of Pulp Fiction.

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I’ve got some free time coming up. Once I get through 19 episodes of Vikings and 5 or 6 of Better Call Saul, I should have time to watch some of this.

Only thing really planned is a garage clean out (happy Spring Break, kids) and a trip to the Social Security office if they are open.

I had a little trip planned, but may have to cancel that too if the bars are still closed.

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The movies Outbreak and Contagion.   Natually.

Also watched the season premieres for West World and The Plot Against America on HBO earlier this week.  The season 3 premiere for West World was ok,  could have been better.  Plot IMHO was much better.

 

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2 hours ago, gonzoron said:

I’ve got some free time coming up. Once I get through 19 episodes of Vikings and 5 or 6 of Better Call Saul, I should have time to watch some of this.

Only thing really planned is a garage clean out (happy Spring Break, kids) and a trip to the Social Security office if they are open.

I had a little trip planned, but may have to cancel that too if the bars are still closed.

What do you think of Vikings so far?  I was thinking about that one next.

I am mid way through the 2nd season of Knightfall.....have enjoyed it.  Focuses on the Knights Templar in France....lots of fiction, but entertaining....not slow.  Looks like they are making a 3rd season.

https://www.netflix.com/title/80161728

 

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9 minutes ago, TrojanDad said:

What do you think of Vikings so far?  I was thinking about that one next.

I am mid way through the 2nd season of Knightfall.....have enjoyed it.  Focuses on the Knights Templar in France....lots of fiction, but entertaining....not slow.  Looks like they are making a 3rd season.

https://www.netflix.com/title/80161728

 

I’ve watched Vikings for years. Like it a lot.

Love Knightfall  as well. Good series.

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2 hours ago, gonzoron said:

 

Only thing really planned is a garage clean out (happy Spring Break, kids)

Two of out kids are currently homeschooled, so they've not had any break in schooling ... every day's a school day even when everything else is closed.  The middle child is switching back to homeschooling next semester after leaving homeschooling for the public schools four years ago.  We've had her taking her driver's ed classes online over the break and, at dinner last night, my wife suggested that, since she's returning to homeschooling in the fall and Jeff is pretty much shut down at least until May, that she should get started on her Geometry.  The look from my daughter was priceless ... looked like my wife had killed a puppy. 😀

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I am mid way through the 2nd season of Knightfall.....have enjoyed it.  Focuses on the Knights Templar in France....lots of fiction, but entertaining....not slow.  Looks like they are making a 3rd season.

Really enjoyed Season One of Knightfall.  Will probably get to Season Two in another month or so.

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Just finished watching The Platform on Netflix.  Bleak, but somewhat redeeming.  Reminds me similarly of Snowpiercer, which is also a good watch.  There's going to be a Snowpiercer series on TNT commencing at the end of May.  If it's anything like the movie, it will be well-worth carving out time to watch.  The Snowpiercer movie is currently on Netflix.

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Showed up in my inbox as a recommended watch from Netflix.  Will add it to my list to watch given her ties to Indiana and her life's story.

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Just finished Tiger King last night. Very entertaining to say the least. There was enough stuff going on that they could make a second season. It is only 7 episodes, so it is short and quick to get through. 
 

Star Trek:Picard. He has long been one of my favorite characters in the entire Star Trek universe. Added bonus....7 of 9 still looks fantastic. 🥰😍🙂

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Watching Knives Out now. This is a great movie; very entertaining and funny. 

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32 minutes ago, Irishman said:

Watching Knives Out now. This is a great movie; very entertaining and funny. 

I just couldn’t get past Daniel Craig with that cracker accent.

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I watched a couple of interesting movies on Amazon Prime last night. "Blow the Man Down" and "2047 Virtual Revolution". They weren't "great" movies, but they held my interest and my wife was surprised that I remained awake through both of them. A rare thing indeed.

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